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David Luiz can give Chelsea a new dimension, says Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea's manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has declared that David Luiz, the centre-back whom he signed from Benfica for £21m on last month's transfer deadline day, will bring a vital new dimension to the way Chelsea play and prove himself to be one of the world's best defenders.

The Brazilian made his debut as a 73rd-minute substitute in last weekend's defeat by Liverpool and Ancelotti will give the 23-year-old his first start on Monday against Fulham as he seeks to integrate him rapidly into the team. David Luiz's versatility means he could slot into any of the positions but Ancelotti pointed out that one of the player's most appealing attributes is his ability to initiate attacks – to an even greater degree than Ricardo Carvalho used to for Chelsea before he moved to Real Madrid last summer.

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